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is it normal to not want to have sex after giving birth?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
It is: Part of the postpartum changes you go through is a rapid change in hormones. The estrogen and Progesterone that were surging through your pregnancy suddenly drop down to normal or even low levels. So it is pretty normal to not be interested in sex. Plus your body has gone through a pretty big trauma and you need time to recover.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

When is a normal time to start having sex again after giving birth?

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Dr. Richard Godt
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6 weeks: For many years obs have always said 6 weeks. I would imagine most patients do not wait that long. With an episiotomy, we feel 6 weeks are needed for complete healing. Without an episiotomy there is no need to wait 6 weeks. The uterus takes about 6 weeks to return to normal size but this should not be a factor. With a cesarean certainly 6 weeks makes sense. In short, i would suggest 6 weeks.
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How soon after giving birth can one get a tubal ligation?

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Not until after the : 6 week check up to make sure evertything is normal I do in office tubal steri. Starting at 8 weeks post partum, in my office by the adiana or essure method, it is easy takes 5 minutes, no cutting and I have a contract with almost all the insurnaces to do it in my office and often times just a small offcie co-pay for the pt like $30, if you doc doesn't do these u may want to find one who can.
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How does a man's sex life change with aging?

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Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Lowered function: While sexual potential can carry through into quite older age, the erectile capacity and ejacualate volume decrease with age. Some lose desire which is entirely psychological. Note the many products on the market for this and the destruction of endangered animals for this (rhino horns, bear gall bladder stones, etc.).
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can anybody tell me how well the rhythm method works as a birth control?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
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I had my period a week ago. & sex today. When can I take a test?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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HPT: Most women take a pregnancy test when they miss their period or thereafter. However some early pregnancy tests may be able to detect pregnancy up to six days prior to a missed period.

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